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Meet Boston Blackie (1941)

When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Jay Dratler (story), Jay Dratler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... Boston Blackie
Rochelle Hudson ... Cecelia Bradley
Richard Lane ... Inspector Faraday
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... The Runt
Constance Worth ... Marilyn Howard
Jack O'Malley Jack O'Malley ... Monk
George Magrill ... Georgie
James Seay ... Mechanical Man (as Michael Rand)
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Storyline

When a murder occurs on an ocean liner docked in New York, the trail leads to Coney Island and a spy ring.

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Taglines:

MUDER IN THE TUNNEL OF LOVE! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rastro en las tinieblas See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The character, "Boston Blackie," was first used in a story, "Boston Blackie's Mary," by Jack Boyle, in Red Book Magazine, published November 1917. See more »

Goofs

On the second note Blackie leaves Faraday written in soap on a mirror, he is seen emphatically making two exclamation marks at the end. But, when finally shown, the mirror has three exclamation marks. See more »

Quotes

Cecelia Bradley: It's like seeing the second installment of a serial.
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Connections

Follows The Return of Boston Blackie (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Santa Lucia
(uncredited)
Traditional Italian folksong
Played as backround music at the amusement park
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Wit to spare
22 August 2011 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

When Boston Blackie leaves a room, he likes to leave a witty note for Inspector Faraday—written in soap in large letters across a mirror. I have to admit—ever since seeing this movie, I've been looking for an opportunity to leave somebody a soap-on-mirror note. That Blackie is indeed an irresistible character, a sharp wit who leaves a clean but clever mark.

Chester Morris is excellent in that title role—fast moving, confident, a magician and a sleuth. And possibly a jewel thief…though in this film we never really know that for sure.

Richard Lane is also strong as the police inspector who is Blackie's dedicated stalker, friendly rival or both. Blackie always outwits the inspector but never makes him look stupid; Inspector Faraday vows to catch Blackie and lock him up but never resorts to dirty tricks and is not grudging in his respect for Blackie's nerve, expertise and luck.

Rochelle Hudson is very good as Cecilia Bradley, properly impressed by this man Boston Blackie who essentially hijacks her car but does it in a very dashing manner. Hudson is just right, actually—romantically interested, yes, but still plenty sharp enough to follow events and lend assistance as needed. Her smart and attractive performance hits just the right notes.

Good script, excellent pace, just the right amount of humor…oh, and all the standard amusement park elements, including a Mechanical Man who figures snugly into the plot. A top notch series opener all the way!


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